18629
Maryland
Bike the Entire C&O Canal: One of America’s Most Distinctive National Parks
Travel through the Paw Paw tunnel, enjoy a lock demonstration, see the Great Falls on the Potomac and explore historic towns as you bike the 185-mile C&O Canal Towpath.
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Program No. 18629RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
999
Getting There
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At a Glance

Tackle all 185 miles of the C & O Canal Towpath, a route teeming with history as it makes its way along the Potomac River Basin from Washington, D.C., through Civil War sites and forgotten hamlets to Cumberland, Md., the first gateway to the West.
Activity Level
Challenging
Biking 30-50 miles daily on generally flat, unpaved trail. Sag wagons / vans available. Participants should be active cyclists.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Delve into Chesapeake and Ohio Canal history as you ride along what remains of this engineering wonder.
  • Visit Great Falls, Maryland on the Potomac River for a glimpse into the early history of this country.
  • Stop to explore on your own at Civil War crossing sites, Harpers Ferry and other small towns.

General Notes

Bicycles, helmets and mechanical assistance provided. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Randy Anderson
Randy Anderson has lived his entire life in or near Williamsport, Md., which is at roughly mile 100 of the 185-mile C&O Canal Towpath. A train enthusiast, he has photographed in the Williamsport area extensively, using the same angles as historical photos of trains and the C&O Canal. Randy's multi-screen presentation allows us to simultaneously see the historical and present-day sites.
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Karen Gray
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